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  • New Administration puts Carbon Reduction on the Agenda

    During the past decade, climate change steadily has moved up the political agenda. Now, with a new administration in Washington, D.C., that has demonstrated a clear commitment to action, comprehensive climate-change legislation appears ripe for passage within the next couple of years. As a result...

  • Weekly Federal Update: May 18-22, 2009

    The recession is over ... or maybe not; the House energy committee approves cap-and-trade legislation; and Obama mandates better gas mileage for U.S. automobiles.

  • Solar for Everyone

    The sun shines everywhere, and bountiful sunlight could provide the energy to power a skyline dotted with dispersed solar-power plants.

  • Waterkeeper Alliance Affects All

    Steve Fleischli, president of the Irvington, N.Y.-based Waterkeeper Alliance, shares the organization's history, accomplishments and goals.

  • Incentives and Cautions About Geoexchange

    In October 2008, HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, passed into law; it included new incentives for geoexchange systems.

  • Weekly Federal Update: March 30-April 3, 2009

    The GSA gets ready to spend its stimulus billions; a revitalized EPA bodes well for architects; and more.

  • Opening the Floodgates to Green-building Litigation

    In the haste to legislate green-building mandates, many local governments have failed to consider the legal ramifications of their regulatory regimes.

  • Efficient, Effective and Responsible Buildings Are Environmental and Economic

    Author, speaker and consultant Alan Whitson, president of the Corporate Realty, Design and Management Institute, Portland, Ore., is the creator of a seminar series, “Turning Green into Gold.”

  • Weekly Federal Update: March 2-9, 2009

    In a sour economy, the Obama administration's focus on urban and national transportation solutions could be a boon to architects and planners, says development guru Christopher Leinberger.

  • Weekly Federal Update: Feb. 23-27, 2009

    President Obama releases his budget and talks to the nation, exhorting Americans to rise to the economic challenges ahead. Also, the acting architect of the Capitol is asked to start plans for retrofitting the Capitol Power Plant to burn 100 percent natural gas.